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It’s been another great week of viewing new trailers, with plenty on offer for different tastes. If you haven’t been keeping up with Loki so far, it isn’t too late to catch up pretty quickly as we are only 3 episodes in (and hooked am I right?). There are so many ideas being planted, some of which may undoubtedly end up just being red herrings but it’s fun to pay attention and wonder. It is well worth a watch and we can’t discuss it properly now without giving away some real spoilers, so go and do it!

For something longer to catch up on, we have also been treated to the return of The Good Fight. We are intrigued as to how it will progress this season as we lost 2 major characters. The recent pilot saw Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald back comfortably in their roles. It is a much more chaotic cityscape and the whole firm finds itself under psychological assault. 

Kim Lyons over at The Verge also made mention in her article that she had started watching Manifest. Only as the result of hearing a lot of chatter about it. That and the fact that Netflix had it listed as Top Pick. Sadly, she only made it 5 episodes in before it felt like she may be getting duped into another ‘Lost’ scenario. It has some rave reviews elsewhere and may just be wacky enough to keep you entertained regardless of its ‘Lost’ vibes.

Also as a final note the Ted Lasso trailer that we were waiting for dropped after writing our last roundup so it wasn’t included. So that also gets a belated feature here instead. Watch new trailers below.

THE HARDER THEY FALL

The official teaser for this one jumped straight in at the action amidst a train heist in true Western trope fashion. There is obvious chaos between the rival outlaw gangs and we see Regina King and Lakeith Stanfield set Idris Elba free. Nigerian artist Fela Kuti’s funky African-fusion track “Let’s Start” plays beneath the liberation/commandeering ‘ giving Elba such a badass vibe. Then the pair are seen exiting in a smooth cool-as-cool-can-be, slow-motion shoot-out. And that’s just the teaser, Who knows what the official trailer will have for us? Our plot: Outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) and his gang Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz), Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi), and Jim Beckwourth (RJ Cyler) are rivals of the newly-released Rufus Buck (Elba) and his crew, Treacherous Judy Smith (King), and Cherokee Bill (Stanfield). Delroy Lindo and Damon Wayans Jr., also star in The Harder They Fall, (what a cast!) which is directed by Jeymes Samuel and is coming to Netflix soon (hurry up pls!).

It has still not been given an official release date but will be coming to Netflix and select theaters in Fall 2021

TED LASSO

Our favorite small-time football coach, faking his way, is back. Season 2 sees Jason Sudeikis bringing Ted’s alter ego Led Tasso to the coaching table. The Richmond team news someone tough and mean. It is as goofy as ever and hilarity ensues while Lasso tries to get the floundering ‘turd birds’ into good form. Only a month left to wait for the rest of this one. In the meantime, I guess you can browse the Ted Lasso merch store for a Richmond jersey. Season 2 of Ted Lasso comes to Apple TV Plus subscribers on July 23rd.

THE SUICIDE SQUAD

Another in the bag for Idris Elba, this week this time in command of a team of supervillains. As recently revealed he will be playing Bloodsport in James Gunn’s take on the suicide squad. The news was previously kept under the radar with his character simply referred to as ‘Vigilante’. The movie is set on a remote jungle island full of worse bad guys. Elba is joined by Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, and John Cena. The Suicide Squad premieres on August 6th in theaters and HBO Max.

SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS

The official trailers finally dropped, it is fair to say if you saw the teaser then you aren’t getting much more than a few crumbs at best here.  The difference between teasers and trailers seems less distinct these days. In Marvel’s latest offering, we see trained assassin Shang-Chi, played by Simu Liu, craving a normal life after his childhood full of training. Watch as he tries to escape his upbringing in this cinematic universe. Tony Leung, Michelle Yeoh, and Awkwafina star alongside him supported by an almost entirely Asian cast. Also, spoilers, if you haven’t already seen the cage match rumors that surfaced after the teaser release… The monster does indeed appear to be none other than Abomination. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is coming September 3rd to theaters.

SCHMIGADOON!

This six-episode series might not be for everyone but it does seem a little tongue in cheek and benefits from a star-studded cast. Watch Keegan Michael Key and Cecily Strong as they play a couple that has found themselves stuck inside of a musical. I know, we said musical! But we have Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cummings, Fred Armisen, Jane Krakowski, and Martin Short in addition to the pair. All fantastic singers and musical talents. The trailers is pretty comical as opposed to cringeworthy. With one-liners like ‘musicals kill people off all the time’ that gave us a tickle. The pair are doomed to sing their hearts out until they admit their love. Schmigadoon! Will be available to Apple TV Plus viewers on July 16th, with episodes airing each Friday.

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